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The Anchor Inn

€€ - €€€American, ,
468 N Shore Dr, Clear Lake, IA 50428-1373
+1 641-357-8688
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  • Excellent53%
  • Very good25%
  • Average10%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible5%
24 Sep 2018
“Yummy Spot to Stop”
4 Sep 2018
“weekend at the surf had clear lake running SLOW”
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American, Bar, Grill
€€ - €€€
468 N Shore Dr, Clear Lake, IA 50428-1373
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Reviewed 24 September 2018

Entry can be from North Shore Drive on the corner or in the Surf's parking lot where there is plenty of parking space too. The Anchor Inn has a back deck for drinks and meals; there's a good bar and another room to eat, to...More

Date of visit: May 2018
Thank nanookune47
Reviewed 4 September 2018

we were in town for a weekend long event at the surf..Fri night they had a band on the porch it was packed and was understandable that service was slow but it took over an hour to get a flat bread...ok I understand. next day...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank MinnScooter
Reviewed 4 July 2018

Got there around 7:15-7:30 on a Friday night. Was seated right away. First thing out of the waitress' mouth is "are you trying to make it to the concert next door?" We say "no" and she says "good" and she claims she would be back...More

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank iowaway
Reviewed 20 August 2017

We were seated and given menus. That's as far as it got. The waitress returned to the table. We were told the kitchen was "backed up" and no longer accepting orders. It was 8:00 p.m. on a Saturday night. Probably a blessing in disguise!

Date of visit: August 2017
Thank Vicki E
Reviewed 15 August 2017

We were directed there when the place we had picked out was not open. Service was great and food prepared perfectly.

Date of visit: August 2017
Thank DavenportPete
Reviewed 24 July 2017 via mobile

I was the only customer at their table, the waitress told me to move to a corner table. She then made sure the next customers all got their drink orders before even asking me what I would like. Menu items were pricey, as I never...More

Date of visit: July 2017
2  Thank Navigate254202
Angie H, Manager at The Anchor Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 27 July 2017

As owners, we were at restaurant prepping for RAGBRAI when you walked in asking to review or take a look at the menu, but didn't wish to be seated, nor when we wanted to accommodate you with a beverage, you declined. We also reviewed the...More

Reviewed 24 May 2017

If you've been out on the lake all day and don't want to take time to get cleaned up before heading out to dinner, this is the place for you. The decor is very basic and rather worn but the food is delicious and the...More

Date of visit: May 2017
Thank Kirk G
Reviewed 2 April 2017 via mobile

We had no idea where to go, we were in Clear Lake for a concert at the Surf. Stopped here and I'm happy we did!! The place smelled incredible and the food brought to our table, backed that smell up!! My husband had the scallops,...More

Date of visit: April 2017
1  Thank Tina G
Reviewed 4 February 2017 via mobile

We visited the Anchor Inn on one of their busiest nights - during the Winter Dance Party. They were very accommodating to our large group. The service was friendly and efficient. I enjoyed their sandwich called The Anchor - essentially very tender beef tips on...More

Date of visit: February 2017
1  Thank Doug H
Reviewed 16 January 2017 via mobile

Very busy. But needed to wait 1.5 hrs before putting order in. Did get appetizers which were very hood. Good service.

Date of visit: August 2016
Thank Peg D
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Bar, Grill
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly
Open Hours
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 22:00
09:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 468 N Shore Dr, Clear Lake, IA 50428-1373
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Clear Lake
  • Phone Number: +1 641-357-8688
  • E-mail
"Mom & Pop" Restaurant located next to the historic Surf Ballroom! We featured menu items from Steaks & sandwiches, Handmade Pastas, & Delicate Seafood! Come try our "mid-west famous" steak sandwich! A unique restaurant transformed from cabins back in the day! We are passionate about our staff and our food! We thank you for dining with us!
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